Fly In Hiking – Tlikilia River – Lake Clark National Park
The best way to see this stunning National Park!
This new 5-night flightseeing and raft float trip offers a true Alaska wilderness experience!
For 6 days and 5 nights, you will be able to explore Lake Clark National Park from the air and water. The spectacular flight from Anchorage lands in a small lake inside the National Park. You will be paddling in inflatable
canoes in the glacier-fed Tlikikila River. There is time for day hikes up creek beds in search of waterfalls, moose, sheep, and bear. Throughout the trip, your guide will talk about the geology, biology, and history of the area. You will learn about Alaska and the wilderness as you enjoy the peace and solitude of this stunning National Park.
The fine print: You will need to bring your outdoor clothing and personal gear. A complete list of
required equipment will be provided. Tours may vary according to weather conditions. We’ve been
flying for over 50 years and operate a safe reliable service.
Day 1: This morning, the group will meet at 9 am in Anchorage. After a short orientation and gear check, we will then make the drive to Chugach State Park where you’ll take a beautiful hike and enjoy a trailside lunch with your guide. By early afternoon, we’ll then make our way to Lake Hood Seaplane Base where we’ll board a floatplane bound for Lake Clark National Park and our home for the next 5 nights. This approximately one-hour scenic flight will take us over alpine tundra, braided rivers, and cascading waterfalls. Our skilled bush pilot will then take us down to a small lake nestled in Lake Clark Pass, where we will unload our gear on a small beach. We’ll set up camp on the lake, bask in the solitude, and then take short early evening hike before dinner. Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 2: We’ll spend the first day in the wilderness portaging gear to floatable water and familiarizing ourselves with the dynamics that have helped to create the beauty around us. By late afternoon, we’ll be on the river and enjoy the pure majesty of Lake Clark National Park as we paddle the milky white Tlikiklia in our inflatable canoes. These boats, called SOARs, are amazing. Not only are they amazingly stable and comfortable, they are also incredibly easy to paddle! By the end of the first day, you will be comfortable navigating the river – even if you’ve had very little rafting experience. All meals included.
Days 3 – 4: By the end of the 3rd evening, we’ll reach the confluence of the North Fork where we will make camp on a gravel bar alongside an unnamed creek. From these spectacular campsite locations, we may spend time hiking up creek beds in search of waterfalls, moose, bears, and sheep. And the rafting on these days will offer both beauty and challenge as we encounter a couple of Class III rapids along the way. All meals included.
Day 5: We will spend our last full day floating to Lake Clark. As we enter the lake, keep in mind that in the Fall, Sockeye Salmon spawn in huge numbers in the milky waters beneath the boat, and from that point, we are nearly 200 miles from salt water! As we finish our dinner beneath 4000′ granite cliffs, our sleeping bags will beckon us after an amazing day. All meals included.
Day 6: After our final breakfast in the wilderness, we’ll break down camp and prepare to return to civilization. As the floatplane descends on the Lake, we’ll depart knowing that this amazing place has made a lasting impact on our souls. We’ll return to Anchorage by early afternoon. Join us for this unparalleled Alaskan rafting adventure! Breakfast & lunch included.
For more information, please see the Alaska Alpine Adventures website.
What to Bring
Gear list and Important Trip Information
Please note that some items will be supplied by Alaska Alpine Adventures; other items you will need to provide yourself. The checklists below contain all of the clothing and gear required for the day-trip offered by Alaska Alpine Adventures. By following them, you should find yourself well equipped for your adventure. We are always happy to discuss equipment needs with you, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
What to Bring:
Living by the tenet of “Hope for the best, plan for worst, and probably get something right in between” has served us quite well and often seems to sum up the Alaska experience. Environmental comfort levels will vary from person to person, so please select your clothing accordingly and use the following checklists as a guide. It must be stressed that the items listed (or your own favorite substitution) are MANDATORY and must be in your possession when you head into the field.
What is included:
- All group gear (tents, stoves, fuel, cooking & eating utensils, etc.) and safety equipment
- Trekking poles
- Ground Transportation to Lake Hood on Day 1
- Roundtrip scenic bush flights from Anchorage to Denali National Park
- Professional guide service at a maximum 5:1 client to guide ratio
- All meals from lunch on day one through lunch on the final day of the itinerary
- Storage for your extra travel items while in the field.
What YOU provide:
- Lodging in Anchorage prior to and after your adventure
- Personal gear (sleeping bags, packs, rain gear, etc.)
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Guide gratuities.
Explore Lake Clark National Park from the air and water. After a spectacular flight from Anchorage, you’ll land in a small lake and pick up inflatable canoes to explore the glacier-fed Tlikikila River. There is time for day hikes up creek beds in search if waterfalls, moose, sheep, and bear. You’ll learn about Alaska’s geology, biology, and history while enjoying the peace and solitude of this stunning Park.
- Scenic flightseeing
- Day Hikes
- Lake Clark National Park
- Tlikilia River
- Alaska wildlife
- Knowledgeable guide
- All meals